“A Day’s Wait” Essay


Fadwa Kaddour
Miss. Drum
Period: 6
21 May 2014
Word Count: 685
                                                           “A Day’s Wait” Essay
As humans, we have weaknesses. If a child gets ill, their parent or guardian should always be there to support and care for them. The story, “A Day’s Wait” by Ernest Hemingway demonstrate how a young boy of nine years referred as “Schatz” shockingly acquires a severe flu with a temperature of one hundred and two degrees. However his father easily gets persuaded by his son. He simply does whatever his son asks him to do when his son secretively needs his father’s support. The father doesn’t provide his affection or support for his son. This is an unacceptable behavior as a non-effective parent.
Schatz is a nine year old boy with a temperature of a hundred and two degrees fahrenheit and is miserably ill. His father described him to be, “. . .  shivering, his face was white, and he walked slowly as though it ached to move” (Hemingway 2). This quote refers to how ill the boy was. Although, the father asks his son if he wants him to read to him. The boy gave an ambiguous answer, “All right, if you want to” (Hemingway 29) he replied. This references to how the father is trying to interact with his son, although, he keeps pushing his father by stating the most simple and ambiguous things. The father easily does as the boy commands. As if he expects his son’s answer to be his own expectation and is looking for that answer. The boy secretively needs his father. The father shouldn’t let his son control him and he should stick with him till his flu vamooses.
Primarily, the father continues to easily move away from his son’s issues. However, he should be stiffer about this situation. Although, the son has a completely different perspective than his father. As the son states, “You don’t have to stay in here with me, Papa, if it bothers you (Hemingway 42). The term “it” refers to death, the father on the other hand does not interpret it that way. He refers “it” as his sickness and that gives him an excuse to go on leaving without giving any support for his son. The son knows he needs his father but the son continues to show courage as the father rarely shows any of his affection towards his son. The young boy continues to act towards his dark ages as his father goes out and leaves him.
Initially, as the boy Schatz continues to act through his period of depression, the father as well continues to not provide him any support for his illness. After he treats him with a pill, the father goes out on a hunt. The story doesn’t specifically say why he’s going on a hunt and it doesn’t state any details about him hunting for dinner, “I killed two covey and missed five, and started back pleased to have found a covey close to the house and happy there were so many left to find on another day” (Hemingway 60). The father should never leave his son when he is ill especially when his son is only nine years of age. At the end of the story, the boy figures out that his temperature wasn’t menacing and he finally releases all his emotions out from holding it in for too long, “The next day it was very slack and he cried very easily at little things that were of no importance”(Hemingway 103).
As a result, all humans in this society have weaknesses. We need the support from our loved ones. We need to feel as if were being cared for and never be let go of. Never leave a person with a severe sickness alone for it will cause more stress to the person. Always support for those who are in distress. Even though Schatz spent most of his illness stage being alone and having no support (which caused him to be more stress and paranoid), he finally made it feeling alone. Support is always vigorous towards the sick person.

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